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goldenglobes Big winners tonight, @darrencriss and @mahershalaali show off their Awards backstage at the #GoldenGlobes!
goldenglobes: Darren Criss (@darrencriss) - Best Performance by an Actor in a Limited Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television - The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story (@americancrimestoryfx). Photo by Paola Kudacki (@paolakudacki).
goldenglobes: The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story (@americancrimestoryfx) - Best Television Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television. Photo by Paola Kudacki (@paolakudacki).
Darren Criss at the 76th Annual Golden Globe Awards, Arrivals, Los Angeles, USA (Photo by Rob Latour / Shutterstock)
ecarenphoto: Golden Globe Award nominees @edgarramirez25 and @darrencriss making the case for beards! Both brilliant actors gave such unforgettable performances in American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace and were both so thoughtful, genuine, fun and inspiring at our shoot. It’s dreamy when you meet artists you admire and respect so much and they are so lovely in real life!
So many supportive words from friends and peers and others. I'll post some of them.
Note: I added more messages of congratulations today (Friday, July 13).
rockerrick: Wow. Congrats to @darrencriss and the rest of the @americancrimestoryfx team and cast on 18 Emmy nominations
Via Ricky Rollins’ Instagram Story (July 12th, 2018)
Aw, I knew Max and Joaquin would be sending their support. So nice of Lea and Michael Hitchcock as well (haha. But I was waiting for a funny congrats from Michael Hitchcock).
Added Harry Shum's and John Stamos's messages:
Such nice messages from Curt Mega, fellow Warbler.
ashleypweston: #TBT to when we were last in Milan CONGRATS on your EMMY NOM, #DarrenCriss!! What a wild 8 year journey we’ve been on together - I couldn’t be more proud & excited for you! SO WELL DESERVED Love you tons!! #Emmys2018#ACSVersace
Aw, look, Alex from DCN also posted his sweet congrats! I love Alex!
latimes_entertainment: Swipe for some of this year’s first-time Emmy nominees! #Emmys
Aw, some more nice messages. Nice of Mandy Moore (wish she was nominated too).
alysiareiner: OMG CONGRATS @pamelaadlon @betterthingsfx @televisionacad #emmy nom!! And @darrencriss too!! You are genius talent beloved humans. A million hugs & kisses of congrats.From now on will only call you Pammy #likeaboss Adlon.
Via Tony Marion’s Instagram Story (July 12th, 2018)
Via Kindra Mann’s Instagram Story (July 12th, 2018)
Via Troy Williams’ Instagram Story (July 12th, 2018)
ecarenphoto: Congratulations @darrencriss on your Emmy Nomination for Best Actor for your extraordinary performance in American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace! #outtake of our #photoshoot for @thewrap #creativedirector @guerin_ad .
variety: Check out the new kids on the #Emmy block! Congratulations to this year’s first-time nominees. To see the full list, click the link in bio.
Via Jackie Fernandez’s Instagram Story (June 18th, 2018)
roguemagazine: Here’s a peek at our 6 page feature with Darren Criss @darrencriss in @roguemagazine roguemagazine’s Summer Issue N°9, out now, link bio. Find out about his upcoming tour with @leamichele, his future acting projects & his new Hollywood piano bar @trampstampgrannys where you can catch him singing live for free! Photography by @josephsinclair Styling by @krishanparmar_ Hair by @naradkutowaroo Makeup by @laurengriffinmua Written by @jackiefern #darrencriss#assasinationofgianniversace#americancrimestory#versace#glee @americancrimestoryfx
Queerty wrote: Rotten Tomatoes 10 highest rated TV series for your Pride viewing pleasure
June 18, 2018
9. The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story (2018) – 86%
The Ryan Murphy anthology series returned this season, reimaging one of the most shocking murders in American history. Though the show features a cast that includes Oscar winner Penelope Cruz, Ricky Martin, Edgar Ramirez, and Judith Light, the series belongs to Darren Criss as spree killer Andrew Cunanan. Criss captures the imbalance of the character, making him all the more despicable. While the series in no way absolves Cunanan of his crimes, it also has a preoccupation with the rampant homophobia of the time, ranging from Donatella Versace’s disgust with her brother’s lover, to the FBI claiming Cunanan had evaded escape by posing as a woman (yes, it really happened). This opera of a show plays just as infuriating as it does tragic.
Variety wrote: Emmy Nominations 2018: Variety’s TV Critics on Their Dream Picks
June 18, 2018
This year’s Emmy nominations are almost upon us, and with the possibilities more scattered than usual, so are our opinions on who deserves to get a nod. So, with voting now underway, Variety’s TV critics got together to hash out their favorite contenders and — more importantly — point to some of the stellar performances that might not have enough support or clout to be recognized, but really ought to be. OUTSTANDING LIMITED SERIES
D’Addario: We’ve gotten spoiled in recent years—the era of “Big Little Lies,” “The People v. O.J. Simpson,” and “Fargo”—such that this year seems pretty widely considered “weak.” There are plenty of credible nominees that exist in a slightly older mode: The tony TV literary adaptation. I was pleasantly surprised by both Netflix’s “Alias Grace” and Showtime’s “Patrick Melrose,” series that assay widely-respected recent novels with elegance, but verve, too. They may not be quite as edgy as the limited series that have bloomed in recent years, but they weren’t “Masterpiece Theatre,” either.
Framke: I’ll freely admit that this category doesn’t excite me much this year, with a couple exceptions. One is “Alias Grace,” which crawled under my skin for days after I finished it. The other is “American Crime Story: Assassination of Gianni Versace,” which didn’t get nearly as much attention or adulation as “People vs. OJ,” but was slick and confrontational in a way that kept my attention. LEAD ACTOR, LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE
Framke: Given your ambivalence towards “The Assassination of Gianni Versace,” I’ll stump here for Darren Criss, whose performance just about chilled my blood with every blink. And on the complete opposite of the spectrum (and in what I’ll admit is a “no way in hell” nomination dream), I’ll say that Jimmy Tatro‘s surprisingly grounded “American Vandal” role deserves more attention than it got. D’Addario: I’ll admit I didn’t vibrate on “Vandal’s” frequency. I admired Kyle MacLachlan’s sheer commitment to his “Twin Peaks” role(s) enough to hope he lands a nomination, but find myself rooting for “Patrick Melrose’s” Benedict Cumberbatch. The actor’s no stranger to the Emmys thanks to “Sherlock,” but his compelling, painful, redemptive journey through addiction and self-loathing on “Melrose” deserves notice.
SUPPORTING ACTOR, LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE Framke: If the FYC campaigns are any indication, this might be Jeff Daniels’ race to lose, but his consciously hammy performance in “Godless” left me pretty cold. Instead, I find myself in a somewhat hilarious position that my middle school self would find perfectly appropriate: rooting for Ricky Martin’s heartbreaking performance in “ACS: Versace.” I will also happily accept Cody Fern’s. D’Addario: Cody Fern was a genuine discovery in “Versace.” My vote, though, would go to Jason Ritter, putting his considerable charm towards risky and, eventually, genuinely scary use as a predator in “The Tale.” It’s a performance that walks close to the edge without losing balance.
SUPPORTING ACTRESS, LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE D’Addario: If anyone onscreen in “Versace” earned a prize, it’s Penelope Cruz’s uncanny Donatella, balancing feral pain with the need to save face. In my dream world, Riley Keough’s sharp, dogged work in “Paterno” pays off, and Frances Conroy gets in for an eerie, brief appearance in “The Tale,” one that leaves a painful afterburn. Framke: I see your Penelope Cruz and raise you a Judith Light — which might be one of my favorite sentences I’ve ever written. Bless TV forever and ever, amen.
Too bad Finn Wittrock and Ryan were not able to attend. I wish the moderator had asked Jon Jon Briones a question. What Darren said was touching, about his scenes with Mike Farrell's Lee Miglin. Darren was very eloquent in discussing how skillfully Mike Farrell portrayed the internal conflict that Lee Miglin struggled with, how Mike Farrell so skillfully expressed what Lee Miglin felt to be his personal demons, being in the closet, and struggling to reconcile that with being a good man, a man who loved his wife deeply. Darren said the hardest part for him was seeing that conflict in the eyes of Mike Farrell's Lee Miglin, with Darren knowing his character was the vehicle that would destroy this good man's soul. I guess Mike Farrell was in the audience? High compliments from Darren to Mike Farrell for his poignant portrayal of Lee Miglin. (I completely agree. I thought Mike Farrell was so good at capturing the vulnerability, the sweetness, of this kind man, who struggled so greatly. I think I emotionally bonded the most with Cody Fern's David Madson and Mike Farrell's Lee Miglin. I think it was because of their sweetness, their vulnerability, their softness.) Darren also had discussed before how he has tried to keep up the morale of the cast by keeping things light on set while not filming, which is so nice. I agree with Darren that the emotion of anger is a simple emotion, but I distinguish acting out violence as something that is not a simple act, because violence involves not just expressing anger against a target, but also may involve expressing power over another human being, as well as involve other emotions felt by the person who acts out the violence, such as the emotions of hurt and betrayal. Edgar made me cry, imagining how Gianni Versace died slowly, perhaps hearing and feeling the grief of those he loved and who loved him, the grief of Antonio. Edgar also had nice words about Penelope, how even with his eyes closed, Edgar felt the grief acted by Penelope as Donatella. Cody Fern is funny--how he was getting into the emotion of realizing his character was about to die, and then Darren cheerfully greets him. It was nice of Cody to say that he appreciated Darren's efforts to bring some balance to the emotions on the set while not filming. I also thought it was interesting what Max Greenfield said, about how it was important to hold onto the emotions of the character, of feeling lost, of the sorrow, until shooting ended, but once filming ended, he felt a great sense of a weight being lifted. Again, I really wish Jo Jo Briones had an opportunity to talk about what it was like to play the father of Andrew Cunanan--the master who taught the student how to lie and charm, how to dominate and tear down people's souls and self-esteem.
Panel discussion ‘The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story’ (March 19th, 2018) | Source
extratv: Brace yourselves for the #ACSVersace finale! Stars @ricky_martin, @darrencriss & @edgarramirez25 are dishing! bit.ly/2DIzfrH
Stars Talk ‘ACS: Assassination Of Gianni Versace’ Finale | Source
extratv: Tonight on #ExtraTV: Ready for the #ACSVersace finale? @ricky_martin, @darrencriss & @edgarramirez25 are giving us the scoop!
via Sharon Marie Wright’s Facebook page | 20 March 2018
Darren Criss Explains How He and JC Chasez Teamed Up to Sing a Classic *NSYNC Song (Exclusive)TV
When Criss isn’t singing, he’s busy working as an actor, earning rave reviews for his role on ‘The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story,’ which airs Wednesdays on FX.
jonjonbriones: Great night last night viewing the final episode of @americancrimestoryfx#TheAssassinationOfGianniVersace with some amazing people. I was geeking out!!! With @maureen_orth @edgarramirez25 @codyfern @darrencriss @iammaxgreenfield @judithlight @ricky_martin @danminahan @mattbomer Thank you @mrrpmurphy #NinaJacobson#BradSimpson Such an honor!
Darren Criss arrives at the for your consideration event for FX’s ‘The Assassination Of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story’ held at DGA Theater on March 19, 2018 in Los Angeles, California.
Edgar Ramirez and Darren Criss arrive at the for your consideration event for FX’s ‘The Assassination Of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story’ held at DGA Theater on March 19, 2018 in Los Angeles, California.
seancmichael: What an amazing #SeasonFinale to @ACSFX #GianniVersace Thank you @FXXNetwork @TelevisionAcad and the incredible @DarrenCriss @edgarramirez25 @ricky_martin @iamgreenfield @JudithLight @ninajacobson @tomrobsmith & cast / crew for an amazing season.
From Darren Criss Army:
Darren Criss at ‘The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story’ TV show FYC event, Los Angeles, USA - 19 Mar 2018
Photos: Scott Kirkland/REX/Shutterstock
Interesting excerpts of the discussion at the Finale screening. Please visit the site to read the entire article--a very interesting issue raised by Ricky Martin of having to relive in the closet for one of the scenes, and I also learned that Jon Jon Briones would shoot his scenes in Versace, then take a red eye to do a matinee and evening performance for Miss Saigon on Broadway! Jon Jon also has some kind words for the director of Episode 8, Matt Bomer.
Entertainment Weekly wrote: American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace cast reveals most difficult scenes to film
March 20, 2018
Emmy nominations may be four months away, but the campaign season kicked off on Monday night, when the cast and producers of The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story reunited for a For Your Consideration event at the Directors Guild of America theater in Los Angeles.
After a screening of the season finale, “Alone” (March 21 at 10 p.m. ET on FX), stars Darren Criss, Edgar Ramirez, Ricky Martin, Cody Fern, Max Greenfield, Judith Light, and Jon Jon Briones, as well as executive producer Brad Simpson, EP/writer Tom Rob Smith, and Vulgar Favors author Maureen Orth, talked openly about the challenges of bringing the story of Andrew Cunanan and his victims to the screen, the most difficult scenes to film, and, of course, which wardrobe pieces they really wanted to steal.
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The hardest scene Darren Criss had to film did not involve murder
Though he murders four people onscreen as killer Andrew Cunanan, Criss said the most difficult scene for him to film was the intense encounter in episode 3 between Andrew and his third victim, Chicago real estate mogul Lee Miglin (played by M*A*S*H star Mike Farrell). “People always ask me what the hardest thing to shoot was, and I think they want to hear the violence, the aggression — but those are simple things,” said Criss. “Violence is a base act from a very accessible place — it’s easy to get angry. But what is truly twisted and heartbreaking is looking into Mike Farrell’s eyes [as he’s] playing this deeply closeted man who loves his wife, and is truly a good man who is fighting a demon he can’t escape — and then me having to drive the car as somebody waging psychological warfare on this person. When I would leave those scenes, I’d feel like, Ugghhh,” the actor continued. “I think people on set maybe thought it was because I was getting intimate with Mike Farrell — it wasn’t that, it was having to, like, penetrate a man’s soul who was trying so desperately to keep it together.”